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Living well with pain

We’ve all felt pain and we’ve all felt the relief of its passing. But for people living with chronic pain relief is often brief, if at all. In broad terms, pain is an unpleasant sensation in your body that makes you want to stop or change your behaviour. In the case of chronic pain, the jabs, throbbing and spasms can persist even after the initial injury heals. In some cases, the cause may not be known. The experience of pain is different for everyone, making it difficult to diagnose and
 

Who’s Who in your medical home

Your family doctor’s clinic is your medical home — a place of care that you turn to first for health support. It’s where your doctor connects you to the care you need, when you need it. Through Primary Care Networks, your medical home is backed by a team of healthcare professionals. Depending on the support you need, your doctor can provide access to a dietitian, social worker, kinesiologist and other healthcare providers. Speaking with your doctor is the best way to find out what suppo

Calgary-area patients get help to find the right doctor for their family

calgaryareadocs.com site allows families to search by physician gender, languages spoken   CALGARY (Friday, February 9) – Patients looking for a family doctor in the Calgary area can now specify whether they’re searching for a male or female physician – and even review which languages they speak – at the click of a mouse. More than 390,000 people have used the Find a Doctor website calgaryareadocs.com to help them find a family doctor since it was relaunched by the seven Ca

Diabetes: understanding the disease

Diabetes is common in Canada, yet few of us know much about it. This chronic disease robs the body of its ability to control blood sugar (glucose) levels, either because it cannot produce insulin or cannot properly use the insulin it produces. Without insulin, sugar builds up in the blood instead of being used as energy. Over time, this damages organs, blood vessels and nerves. A report by Diabetes Canada in 2015 found the number of people with diabetes more than doubled between 2000 and 2015
 

Signs and symptoms of diabetes

Clues your body gives about diabetes By Colleen Seto More than one million Canadians have diabetes and don’t know it. That’s because, for many, diabetes gives no clues or symptoms. If you’re 40 or over, the best way to detect diabetes is to discuss your health and possible risk factors with your healthcare provider. Together, you may also consider getting screened for diabetes even if you display none of the signs of the disease. These include: Unusual thirst Frequent urinati

Diabetes support through your Primary Care Network

Each Primary Care Network (PCN) in the Calgary Zone offers help for adults living with or at risk for diabetes. Your medical home team PCN clinicians work with you long-term to help you best reach your health goals. Clinicians answer your questions one-on-one, and connect you with other people who can help you, such as: Family physicians Certified diabetes educators Health management nurses (including weight and chronic disease management) Dietitians Clinical pharmacists

After-hours care through Calgary Foothills PCN

Our Access 365 Clinic operates 7-days-a-week. It provides after-hours care and same-day appointments (if appropriate) for patients who need urgent help. WHO CAN GET AN APPOINTMENT? Patients who: Have an urgent need to be seen by a doctor within 24 to 48 hours Can’t get an appointment within that time with their own family doctor Are patients of Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network doctors HOW TO GET AN APPOINTMENT Call your family doctor, if their clinic is open

Flu season: How & where to get immunized

As the leaves fall and the temperature continues to drop, flu season is almost upon us. Starting Monday, October 23, all Albertans aged six months and older will be able to do their part to protect themselves and their families from influenza. Ask your family doctor if your clinic is offering immunizations this winter. Pharmacies and some Alberta Health Services clinics are also offering this service on a drop-in basis. Who should get the vaccine? Everyone aged six months and older shoul
 

8 things to keep in mind when checking your blood pressure

For a variety of reasons, your doctor or health team may recommend that you regularly check your blood pressure. One in five Canadian adults live with high blood pressure — also referred to as hypertension — so it’s handy to know how to properly check it. When checking your blood pressure, always measure your resting heart rate, which is the number of times your heart beats per minute while at complete rest. Follow these tips to ensure you get the most accurate reading possible, so you
 
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Prescription to Get Active

People across Calgary have been filling prescriptions to get active. On the advice of a healthcare professional, they can try a number of fitness facilities around the city for free. “This is a good option for our clients that really want to try something out before they get into it,” says Katie Elgie, kinesiologist at the South Calgary Primary Care Network. “Some people can find the gym intimidating and this lets them get a feel for it before they sign up for anything.” Patients can
 

Everything under the sun for summer safety

Advice for enjoying the season's sunny rays   LIMIT SUN: Avoid too much time in the sun between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunburn can happen in as little as 15 minutes. WATCH REFLECTIONS: Ultraviolet (UV) rays can reflect off water, concrete and other surfaces. WEAR A HAT: Protect your eyes, ears, face and neck with a wide brim hat. PROTECT YOUR EYES: Wear sunglasses and prescription glasses with 99 per cent to 100 per cent UV-A/B protection. DRESS UP: Wear loose-fitting clothes over as muc
 

Changing your life

Making a move to better health Grant Dyck remembers riding his bike about a year ago. “I started with maybe five kilometres, it was really casual,” he says. “I remember pushing my bike up hills at the beginning.” He bought his bike to help cope with a bad year. His marriage was falling apart, he lost a beloved pet, he was overweight and his anxiety disorder was getting worse. Dyck felt so hopeless that he attempted suicide three times. Dyck asked his doctor, Sanjeeve Sockanath

Director vacancy: Public board member

Director Vacancy: Public Board Member The Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network (PCN) is a group of more than 450 family doctors who work with teams of other health professionals to offer patients the best in primary health care. Our PCN serves more than 379,000 patients in northwest Calgary and Cochrane. Together with Alberta Health Services, we offer round-the-clock care. We work to achieve better health outcomes for our patients. We believe we can make a difference. The Public Board Memb
 
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Changing the course of prediabetes

Changing the course of prediabetes Improving your diet can improve your health When Dennis Christensen was diagnosed with prediabetes just over a year ago, he felt sluggish and tired all the time, and weighed 250 pounds. “It scared the heck out of me,” he says. “I know a lot of people with diabetes and I know what it can do to you.” Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease where the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin (a hormone that regulates how much sugar is in your blood) or
 
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Bonus benefits

Bonus benefits Serving up healthy eating Healthy eating can help you reach and stay at a healthy weight, which in turn helps you keep a number of other health problems at bay. It also reduces your risk for a number of chronic diseases, including metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Karyn Sunohara, a registered dietitian with the South Calgary Primary Care Network says healthy eating also has a number of bonus benefits. They include: When you ea